Sunday May 17, 2009

Absent Elk

National Norway day today and some friends of mine launch their latest single, as the lead frontman is  from Norway and the band are  a great bunch indeed so what are you waiting for go and check out their single here now

Who are Absent Elk ?

Absent Elk frontman Kjetil is from Norway, an emigration which gave the band their unusual name and influences much of the lyrical content. The rest of the band are from Brighton, and have played together in various formats before finding the right man to complete the lineup.

Monday Sep 15, 2008

Jordan Live on TV now available

This is my son live on TV on his 10th Birthday I was in the background, cheering him on and eating all the jaffa cakes, we had to get up at 6.00 in the morning to drive there but it was well worth it. My friend Susanne is a producer for the morning show and organised this for me, which made Jordans birthday even better.

Thursday Sep 04, 2008

Hot breaking news live from the Streets of Manchester

Apparently Ive been living under a rock for the last few years as the fever on the streets is this, Im now a ludite....

Extracted from above

Spore is a multi-genre "massively single-player online game"[4][5] by Maxis and designed by Will Wright. It allows a player to control the evolution of a species from its beginnings as a unicellular organism, through development as an intelligent and social creature, to interstellar exploration as a spacefaring culture. It has drawn wide attention for its massive scope, and its use of open-ended gameplay and procedural generation.

The full version of the game was due to be released on September 4, 2008 in Australia and the Nordic region, but Australian stores prematurely broke the street date on September 1, 2008.[2] The game is also due to be released September 5, 2008 in Europe and Japan, and September 7, 2008 in North America and Asia Pacific territories.[1] Spore is also available for direct download from Electronic Arts.[6] A special edition game, Spore: Galactic Edition, will include, in addition to the game, a "Making of Spore" DVD video, "How to Build a Better Being" DVD video by National Geographic Channel, "The Art of Spore" hardback mini-book, a fold-out Spore poster and a 100-page Galactic Handbook published by Prima Games.[7]

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Jordan on TV - the cool kid

Channel M - Friday at 8.00 clock

My son is on TV on Friday, he will be doing a book review live, I organised this for his 10th birthday present as a big treat for him, now Im just trying to get this recorded as Ill be there and making sure he is ok. He is really excited and can't wait, no doubt he will talk for England and keep them entertained hahaha.

Its on a local regional channel, in the area where I live, ChannelM which amazingly doesnt broadcast on the Internet yet, but gets more viewers on satellite TV across Europe than in the region where its filmed, people who originate from Manchester but who now live abroad, tend to watch it to keep up to date with whats happening at home, proving there is still a large opportunity for local content, Belocal here we come.

Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

British Weather

So really a little ditty, not a rant, but for my US friends who want to come over for a lovely English summer, with Strawberries and cream...


At the moment, I think Im going to commission a boat, as it just won't stop raining and I don't mean that drizzly horrible rain that you do get wet, but that throwing it down badly all day long.....

So bring your rain macs, brollies and all things weather proof before leaving home.

Monday Jun 30, 2008

Kill -9

Stanford University - Live Rap show.

So when school gets a little boring and you have run and built your last startup company for the day, kick back and rap

Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

The apprentice is over....

So, for anyone who has been following the Apprentice, its now over and the highs and lows come to an end, but Lee is the winner and well deserved winner at that....

One event down, three to go.....


So it has been an amazing week already, the first event of the week,,  lots of discussions and some amazing pitches going on from again, a mixture of startups Ive not come across before. I just cant believe how many new, young vibrant companies we have in the United Kingdom that are really exciting and are driving new business and revenue streams in exciting manners.

So, after the day of chatting and discussion, I had a few beers at the  unlimited drinks party and also celebrated Sam from Hamiltons 50th birthday, he had worked on his birthday to help me out, so really appreciated that.

So two days down, in the office today and feeling slightly tired from a 18 hour day but ready for Web 2.0 Strategy tomorrow and 20 of my UK startup companies are meeting Scott McNealy tomorrow night, how awesome is that.....

Monday Jun 02, 2008

Newsbreaker - London to Manchester in under 7 hours

London to Manchester in under 7 hours !!

Thanks to the modern day design of trains, it is now possible to get from London to Manchester in less than 7 hours, yes 7 hours. Having been off last week, I unfortunately had booked to speak at mini bar on the Friday night and thus had to drag my girlfriend to a Startup Event at which she was asked many times what her company did, when she wanted to sell out and who were her investors !!!

To help make this less painful for her we had drinks and dinner with nic from  and Sophie from Beta lol, and then woke early on the Saturday to make our way home at which point the pain started, no trains from Euston to Manchester.

So how did we get home ? St Panceas (lovely station ) to Sheffield, Sheffield to Manchester, taking the whole day to travel, how can there be no trains from Euston to Manchester on a weekend ?

Tip for next time, hire a bike and lose some weight at the same time.

Thursday May 22, 2008

|If you didnt Know

Manchester United are the champions of Europe


Depending on where you are in the world, you may not know this but Manchester United are now the champions of Europe, beating Chelsea on penalties last night in Moscow. Even if you do not like football, this was just an awesome game that had people on their seats for hours !!!!


So being a Manchester United fan, Im escatic but also hats off to Chelsea they played a fantastic game and just both teams made last night so special.



Monday Apr 21, 2008

Twitter - This is a lovely representation



 If you use Twitter, then check this out, a great looking and fantastic representation of Twitters globally.......even if you dont use Twitter, just look at it and watch the twitters live.

Saturday Apr 19, 2008

How come to get to San Fran it takes 3 planes, Terminal 5 and no sleep for 24 hours

So I made it, 7 hours late, no dinner and Ive no idea how British Airways can make such a mess of a simple flight..

Manchester to Heathrow to San Francisco

Appx, 14 hours totall..

Instead, because we had to circle for hours to get a slot at heathrow it became...

Manchester to Heathrow to LA to San Fran

Appx 21 hours and lots of stress getting through customs to then wander around to get the LA flight to San Fran.

Surely with Terminal 5 costing 4.5B pounds, there must be a solution to clarify that a plane has passengers on that needs to land to get passengers off to move to another plane and be more efficient ??

Software idea !!!


Thursday Sep 13, 2007

Driving Test - How cool is this...

 You have to have a look at this, if you have sons/daughters who are looking to take their test shortly, save some pain and heartache now....Im ok Ive got 8 years left yet before I get asked, Dad can I borrow your car..

For young people keen to pass their driving
test, a new system using their mobile phone might be just what they're
looking for.

Luzia Research, based at
the Open University in Milton Keynes has launched, an innovative
interactive method of helping driving test candidates get to grips with
the official questions, via a mobile phone.

Says managing director Alastair Briggs:
"Sitting in front of the computer practicing the 1000+ driving theory
questions isn't much fun and repeating multiple choice quizzes is
really boring. We all know that content on a mobile phone will engage
your average teenager and so we hit on the idea of giving learner
drivers the option to use their mobiles to practice for the test. We
have created an interactive method for practicing and also created some
educational games to reinforce the concepts in other ways than just
repeating the tests. Now we'd like some help from teenagers to ensure
it works smoothly and efficiently."

For the rest of August, uHavePassed will
be testing their software and are looking for a small number of driving
test applicants aged between 16 and 20 years old to try the service
for free. The company says anyone who is interested in helping them
should apply via the website If they are accepted
they will get access to the full software for a trial period and give
the company valuable feedback in return.

Once the system is fully live, potential
users can try the system using
unofficial questions and games before deciding to subscribe. As the
user progresses, the company tracks the individual's results and constantly
analyses their progress to make sure the tests are optimised for them.

The driving theory test is taken every
year by about 800,000 16-20 year olds who are already having to study
and work for other exams. Practice for the test is usually via software
or websites where they can repeat the questions to gain confidence.
From September, students have to get 43 out of 50 questions correct
in order to pass the test.

Says Mr Briggs: "The phone is better
for doing small 2 minute sessions when the user has some spare time
and playing games is designed to help them remember road signs and other
concepts important for the test."

Monday Jul 23, 2007









is a new programming language designed by Michael Resnick and his associates at MIT’s Lifelong Kin
ergarten research group.

The service is designed for children 8 years old and up to learn the
concepts that can be used from an early age for the foundation that
allows for the continued learning of programming and other current
skills. Helping to form the ability to think creatively, communicate
and analyze, use technologies, collaborate, and design, Scratch has
been likened to an improved version of Smalltalk, which supposedly
offered programming learning tools that operated with the simplicity of
building with LEGO pieces. A similar “snap and build” design is used
with Scratch as well, and the site is full of other learning tools and
resources, such as printable flash cards.

So I saw this on Mashable, and think this is fantastic, and will help with the Childrens holidays that are up and coming, 6 weeks of entertainment time, whilst also a good stimulation and chance to do something together,as well as reading and maths, this helps a child think and develop their own skills. So thats me sold, and I can see some odd transformer based games being developed.


So, I had the pleasure of getting some pre release tickets to take me and my son to see Transformers last night.... one word, and its a US word,  AWESOME..

Sometimes the film industry, makes films before the technology is available to do the whole aspect of it justice, and they flop, this film has waited for the technology, and it does it so much justice. The special effects are just out of this world, and you become embroiled in the whole experience.

I dont know if I was more excited than my son, but I want this on DVD now, so I can watch it again at home when I want, and my son can steal all the popcorn again.

So in between reading Harry Potter, go and see this film NOW.....

Next is the Simpsons....hooray..



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